My new cockatoo

I would like to know what is the best thing to feed my cockatoo I just got her, her feathers on her back are dull she is a very loveable parrot and I want to feed her the best food for her also how do I tell how old she/ he is thank you!! laura

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May 14, 2009
my new cockatoo
by: Anonymous

congrats on your new baby...she is a beauty.To comment on the bathing. generally parrots tend to think that they can fit in their water very funny to watch.You should get a afine misting spray bottle for Mango and only Mango, and sray her every day. You could also try to get her to bathe in the sink or bath tub. NO hot water please, temp should be tepid not freezing cold. Just run the tap on a low stream and see if she likes that. Always supervise during bath time. You could also try filling a glass pie pan or any pan that is shallow (drowning) and put either on top of cage or on the bottom of her cage.Hope this helps and Good for you for adopting Mango. She'll bring you years of joy and happiness!!

May 14, 2009
Thank you
by: Laura

Thank you for all your responces!!! Mango is such a sweet bird she is a sulpher crested cockatoo she has the yellow feathers on her head!Does she need a bath? Do they like to bathe? I have always had cockatiels I have 4 right now but always wanted a cockatoo so I was so happy when I over heard a lady at the dog clinic saying she was getting rid of her and the huge cage ! I said do you want to get rid of her today ? I will take her off your hands! They tried to catch her with pot holder so I thought she was a mean birdy but when I got her home she flew out of the pet taxi and I went down the hall to get her and she got right on my arm and we have been pals every since

May 14, 2009
by: Anonymous

This website has the best food to feed your baby along with fresh fruits and veggies. See the side bar for more info.

May 14, 2009
by: Anonymous

pellet diet is best. Some vets recommend
Harrisons, though they do not realize how very expensive this is compared to the other pellet diets such as Pretty Bird or Zupreem. Always supplement with fresh fruits and vegetables checking to make sure they are not toxic to the avain species

May 13, 2009
Good Food for your Bird
by: Linda

First of all, congratulations on your new bird, and hope you have many, many happy years' with him/her.

Age on parrots is hard to tell. Sometimes you can tell they have a little age of them by the condition beak and feet are in. If beak is kind of flakey and ditto the feet bird may be older--not to say how old.

As for food, Harrison's organic pelleted foods are the best. I've had my Amazons on it for many years, and they are healthy, happy and full of energy. Tracie carries the Harrisons out here. Depending on the species of Cockatoo you have, it can eat at least the larger course grinds Harrisons makes. My Amazons are Red-Lored Amazons, and are considered some of the medium to smaller varieties of Amazons. They eat the Lifetime Course grind regular, and the Lifetime course grind Pepper. I buy both and mix them together to give them some variety in their bowl. I also buy and bake the Harrisons birdy bread mixes and use the organic red palm oil in it, so you may wish to take a look. Use only the egg whites mix calls for, not the whole eggs.

Changing a bird over from seeds to a pelleted diet can take some time, so don't be in too big a hurry. It took mine a few months before they started eating enough of the pellets. You can start out by putting a thin layer of seed mix in bottom of bowl and the pellets on top of that. As bird starts to eat more of the pellets, put in less seed on the bottom layer. I also used a little organic apple juice to sweeten the pellets up which they liked a lot. Don't use too much or bird will have stomach upsets--just enough from a clean glass eyedropper or spoon to sweeten them up a little. Instructions about what you can and cannot feed along with the Harrisons come on the package. If you need more information, go out to as they have a lot of info out there and are also willing to send you materials about their foods. Very nice people!

As for her feathers being a little dull, most of that is normal in birds having feather down feathers which the Cockatoos, Greys, Cockatiels, Ringneck Parakeets and such birds from those parts of the world have. There will be a fine dust that coats everything from your Cockatoo, and this is normal. Just keep her cage, toys and cage bars clean.

Lastly, you need to make an appointment with an Avian Vet in your area so she can be checked for infection, parasites or other problems they may find. It is called a "new bird checkup", and I highly recommend it since birds can contract bacterial infections quite easily. Also their immune systems are compromised when they change homes, water and such, so it is always a good idea to go to an Avian vet to have her checked out. They may be able to help you with age and species of Cockatoo a well if you don't already know that.


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